THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2000
UCF Cross Country Teams Breeze Through Season Opener

September 11, 1999

ORLANDO - The University of Central Florida women's cross country team
rallied for a first place finish at the UCF Invitational Saturday while
the men fought for an outstanding fourth place finish.

UCF's Sonja Shedden (Troy, Pa./Troy HS) trampled the field of 113 women
with a striking first-place time of 18:19.62 in the 5K run. Shedden
finished more than 20 seconds ahead of last year's TAAC champion, Sarah
Howard (Georgia State), who ran at 18:40.46.

The UCF women paced the competition, landing three top 10 finishes. Sara
Dillman (Marshall, Mich./Marshall HS) finished seventh at 19:28.72 while
April Vitori (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown HS) strode in at 19:48.95.
"The girls were really pumped for this race," said UCF head coach Marcia
Mansur-Wentworth. "This is the best team we've ever lined up and I think
this meet is an indication of good things to come."

The men were not far behind as Lou Snelling (Seminole/Seminole HS) and
Steven Cournelius (Valpariso/Niceville HS) paved the way for a fourth
place team finish. Snelling took tenth out of 125 men in the 8K with a
time of 26:41.02, while Cournelius crossed the finish line nineteenth at
27:42.43.

The cross country teams will look to build on the impressive start as
they travel to Raleigh, N.C. next Saturday for the Wolfpack
Invitational.
-UCF-

MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1 Georgia State University 49 Average: 26:53.12
2 Campbell University 61 Average: 27:02.99
3 Bethune-Cookman College 84 Average: 27:23.30
4 UCF 89 Average: 27:39.18
5 Florida Southern College 140 Average: 28:24.69
6 Jacksonville University 179 Average: 29:06.80
7 Florida Tech 189 Average: 29:10.69
8 Webber College 212 Average: 29:27.31
9 Mercer University 269 Average: 30:39.71
10 Stetson University 272 Average: 30:41.63
11 Embry-Riddle Aero University 286 Average: 31:27.79
12 Florida Atlantic University 294 Average: 31:41.53
13 Warner Southern College 365 Average: 33:48.41
14 Rollins College 378 Average: 34:39.48

MEN'S TOP 10 FINISHES
1 Lipham, Erik Knights Alumni 25:36.40
2 Langat, Joseph Bethune-Cookman College 25:52.20
3 Mott, Tee Georgia State 26:07.67
4 Koech, Japheth Jacksonville University 26:17.72
5 Smith, Andrew Campbell University 26:22.57
6 Wambulwa, Charles Bethune-Cookman College 26:28.72
7 Crossan, Gary Florida Southern College 26:30.15
8 Horst, Ben Georgia State 26:32.28
9 Maina, Stanely Bethune-Cookman 26:37.01
10 Snelling, Lou UCF 26:41.02